The effort to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) may turn on a partisan fight over the “unmasking” rules that govern the disclosure of U.S. person identities in intelligence reports. Both the House intelligence and judiciary committees have proposed to write those rules into law for the first time. Speaking for many House Democrats, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) decried the changes as “all in service of the utter B.S.
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Document: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017
The House Permament Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) has released its version of the FISA Amendements Reauthorization Act of 2017.
You can find the document here:
On Nov. 8, the House Judiciary Committee passed, 27-8, a revised version of the USA Liberty Act of 2017 with several amendments. Below is a summary of the bill the committee passed, including key changes.
NOTE: This post summarizes the text of Sen. Richard Burr's bill as it stood before a closed committee markup hearing on Oct. 25. An updated bill is now available here.
Below is the newly released draft bill to reauthorize Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) that Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, reported. The bill would extend the authorization for eight years. The committee plans to mark up the bill in a closed session on Oct. 24.
Today, a group of former national security officials released a letter to key members of Congress urging the reauthorization of Section 702, which will expire on Dec. 31. The full text of the letter is here.
Lawfare editors Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes recently criticized efforts to reform Section 702 of FISA before it expires at the end of 2017. Based on our own experience with Section 702, we respectfully disagree. There are compelling reasons to reform Section 702, notably the principles of the Fourth Amendment.
Last week on our Foreign Policy feed, we wrote about how the USA Liberty Act, which is the House Judiciary Committee's proposal to reauthorize the Section 702 surveillance program, takes for granted that a "clean reauthorization" is impossible and imposes reforms for the sake of reform. The piece begins:
Last week, members of the the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) introduced the “Uniting and Strengthening American Liberty Act of 2017,” known as the “USA Liberty Act.” A discussion draft of the bill had been circulating since a few days prior to introduction.
On October 13, the Heritage Foundation will be hosting a live event to discuss the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Section 702. Entitled “Renewal of FISA’s Section 702: Why America Needs the Provision,” the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an address from the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats.